Change is often a difficult concept to grasp when you are addicted to routines, habits, or lifestyles that lack the substance you need to lead a fulfilling life. You must ask yourself if you are at a point in your life where change is absolutely essential to the health of your well being "by any means necessary." (Malcolm X). Below is a To Do List for strategies towards change:
1. Identify what you need to change.
2. Write down several reason why this change is needed.
3. Envision yourself after change; plan your strategy; and affirm a positive outcome.
4. Actively begin your change process one step at a time. In other words, make it do what it do!
Remember, every small step is progress.
5. Celebrate each accomplishment and stay committed to completing what you set out to do.
6. Dedicate yourself to the change process and learn new ways to embrace life.
So, can anybody spare some change? Of course this is a metaphor that causes one to think about pocket change; but this change refers to the process of transformation and removing or including something that is needed to enhance your life, something that you might have to spare if needed. (The Construction Zone: Rebuilding Our Youth - Rebuilding Ourselves) Joel Osteen once shared a story about a family of frogs that lived in a well. He spoke of how the frogs were content as they swam around in the limited circular space. However, the youngest frog noticed a glare of light above. He leaped to the top of the well and noticed a pond. From the pond, the frog hopped to a river and eventually made his way to the ocean. The moral of this story is that change sometimes requires you to detach the umbilical cord of limits, habits, or unwanted lifestyles to step outside the box and enjoy life on a different, often times, better level. "Can anybody spare some change?"